Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Q Tip: To Swag or not to Swag.

Q Tip discusses the era of "swag". Now, I'm all for looking fresh to death, but Q Tip has a point here. He states "your look, swag, and business acumen, have taken priority over your actual music". I think he is on to something to an extent. We've got dudes like Plies, Ace Hood, ect that can't rap, aren't interesting, and are essentially just jackin' the image of dudes like Lil Wayne. But conversely, I think this new crop of young guys: Wale, Asher Roth, Charles Hamilton, BOB, ect are coupling together that swag, appearance, and showmanship with some very creative music. And wasn't hip-hop born out of a highly stylized image? Just look at Africa Bambaataa:

Now that's swagger on a hundred thousand trillion.

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